National Tactical Officers Association

Improving public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence.

Renew Your Membership


NTOA Section Chairs act as the point of contact for association members seeking advice or information on matters related to a specific discipline. Section Chairs provide recommendations to the NTOA Board of Directors for its consideration/disposition.

Contact a Section Chair using the form below.

Behavioral Sciences

Dr. LaMaurice Gardner, Oakland CO (MI) SO


Cpl. Brad Smith (ret), West Covina (CA) PD


Rev. Rick Iannucci (ret), U.S. Marshals Service


Robert Sorensen, Federal Bureau of Prisons

Crisis Negotiations

Lt. Patrick Doering, Lake St. Louis (MO) PD

Defensive Tactics

Sgt. George Ryan, LAPD

Explosives/ EOD

Officer Tom Lynch (ret), Philadelphia (PA) PD


Lt. Jon Bigelow, Orlando (FL) PD


Lt. Dan Colasanto, Garland (TX) PD


Attorney Eric Daigle, Daigle Law Group

Less Lethal

Lt. Dave Pearson, Fort Collins (CO) PD

Multi-Jurisdictional SWAT

Sgt. Jason Pepper, Elko (NV) PD


Director Chris Periatt, Kirtland Community Criminal Justice Programs


Physical Fitness

Deputy Gregory Amundson, Santa Cruz (CA) Harbor Patrol


Sgt. Gar Haugo, Fort Collins (CO) PD

Strategy Development

Cmdr. Charles “Sid” Heal (ret), LA County (CA) SD

Tactical Command

Cmdr. Jeff Selleg, Port of Seattle (WA) PD


Capt. Mark Pergola, Seminole County (FL) SO


Dr. Jason R. Pickett, Austin Travis County EMS

Message from the NTOA’s Chaplaincy Section Chair

Message from the NTOA’s Chaplaincy Section Chair To our NTOA family: Since its founding in 1983, the NTOA and its members have weathered many storms together, from the days following 9/11 and the Global War on Terror to this new war on an invisible enemy, a virus that...

NTOA Announces New TEMS Section Chair

The NTOA is pleased to welcome Dr. Jason R. Pickett as chairman of our Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) section. Dr. Pickett is Deputy Medical Director for Austin/Travis County EMS, Austin Fire Department, and Austin Police Department SWAT and directly...